The challenge of completing Crossrail

There is a new plan in place to deliver on Crossrail throughout the UK. The Crossrail project is roughly 2 years late and it’s estimated that it could cost over £3 billion more than anticipated. Reports have suggested that there are a series of findings related to these delays and increases in pricing.

Crossrail has a sustainable ambition and scale and managing the program’s complexity has definitely led to a series of challenges requiring a scaling budget. With over 26 miles of tunnels integrated beneath London and 10 brand-new stations, this is one of the most difficult undertakings ever looked at throughout the UK.

The program also required the development of a new fleet of trains that we’re able to switch between three signaling systems. Delays on the development of these trains as well as the bespoke stations caused the initial delays.

The program is broken down into 36 Main contractor duties which each have their own cost risks and delivery changes. Even though there are two contractors and project management partners, these partners are responsible for managing all of the contract changes between all 36 contracts.

With the current projections on Crossrail openings, Elizabeth line services at central station and the newest line between Canary wharf in Paddington is estimated to start service before March 2021 or as early as October 2020. These are loose deadlines based on the sliding changes between each of the contractors. On opening, it’s also unclear whether the full-service will be delivered to passengers or if this will be an express line.

Staying closely tuned to Crossrail LTD is the only way that many people in the UK are able to determine the latest updates on the Crossrail project. The public is now at the mercy of Crossrail to complete the program and deliver on its plans for the infrastructure improvements. Although this project has come with various challenges, it could not have been predicted that Crossrail would come to such an incredible halt with the challenges involved.

This post was written by Justin Tidd, Director at Swartz Engineering. For nearly a half a century, Swartz Engineering has been at the forefront of industry safety. They are a family-owned company specializing in power distribution for the electrical industry. They are the leading manufacturer of E house substations. Our design ensures maximum flexibility for excellent reliability and a high return on investment.

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